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Full text of "The Egyptian Problem"

194                     THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM                 CH:AJE>.
what  steps   they  consider  necessary   to   restore   tranquillity and content."
This announcement was the result of  consultations with two groups of leading Egyptians who had called on him that morning, one consisting of all the Ministers in the late Cabinet, and the other of the members  of the Cairo Committee of Independence.    General AUenby urged on both groups the necessity of arriving at some understanding with a view to the formation of a new Cabinet.    He met with some response.    The ex-Ministers were willing to resume office, for they felt that things could not be expected to improve so long as administrative chaos prevailed.     But their way must at least be  smoothed by the release of the interned Four, an essential prelude to the return of normal conditions.    The same view was put forward still more emphatically by the members of the Committee of Independence.    Ex-Ministers and Com-mitteemen were ready to  give  a  solemn  undertaking that on those conditions they would work towards the restoration of good will, reserving   the  solution of  the larger problems of future policy until passions had calmed down.    Only the release of Zaghlul and his companions was to be the first step.    General AUenby himself was by this time quite convinced that he could not hope  for the  co-operation  of   any  Egyptian   Cabinet   until   the measure which had immediately provoked the upheaval was repealed.    He promised to communicate the views expressed to him to His Majesty's Government, and he presumably gave them Ms own strong support.    For on April  7th a Proclamation appeared  in  which  General Allenby announced " in agreement with H.H. the Sultan " that there were " no restrictions on freedom to travel " and that the four deportees to Malta would " be released from internment and given similar freedom of movement." On the following day Hussein B/ushdi Pasha, as Prime Minister, and most  of   his   former   colleagues   resumed office.    The few changes in the composition of the new Cabinet were unimportant.'s Budget for the compensation of inno sufferers, but it represents only a small part of the dan remaining at Assiut to restore order in that neighbourhood. . . . Major-General Sir John Shea is moving south from Wasta with a strong column of all arms, restoring order as he goes. . . ."